Over the last two and a half years, I had been to Indonesia three times. I left for my fourth visit this last Tuesday, the 11th, and I sit here now writing on my fifth day out of the three week journey. My destination: Manado – the economic and political capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Still, I’ve wanted to visit Manado ever since I was told about it 25 years ago when I lived in Java. It seemed enticingly remote, yet still accessible. Culturally, it’s a mix of Malay, Dutch, Spanish and now more mainstream Indonesian influences. All this is laid over the local culture, a group of tribes collectively known as the Minahasa. Lastly, it didn’t hurt that Manadoese women are thought of as some of the most beautiful in the world. On top of that, me, I like a nice, quiet road, some interesting people to talk to and some dramatic geography. Manado is packed full of all of those.
Distance wise, Yangon and Manado are about as far apart as Seattle and Cuba, so I couldn’t get there all in one go. Instead, I had to layover in Singapore. Now, I had never been to Singapore before, at least, not outside the airport, so I was looking forward to this pre-Indonesian pit stop.
|The iconic Merlion in front of the Singaporean skyline|
|Just a regular, old Singaporean building|
Enjoy the First Episode of “On The Go in Manado”
Yes, that’s the best I could come up with for a title for the next series of videos. Hey, it rhymes!